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$298 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Antisana and Quilotoa Overnight Private Tour from Quito

Day 1.-  Avenue of the Volcanoes - Antisana Reserve (Lunch) (Dinner)Depart early in the morning from Quito and drive through the “The Avenue of the Volcanoes” toward Pintag and Antisana National Park. Antisana is located two hours away from Quito. Stop for an overview of the impressive lava flow at Antisanilla, next onto admire an incredibly huge wall of cliffs across the narrow canyon, where condors can be seen soaring up near the highest peaks. Several stops are made in the paramo to walk about level ground, and observe the beautiful but small paramo flowers hugging the ground among the lichens and paramo straw: yellow composites, gentians, red Indian paintbrush, orchids and chuquiraguas.Observe the glacial moraines and birds in both a diversity of species and individual abundance around the many paramo lakes and ponds. View the highly endangered Black-faced Ibis, Cinereous Conebills, Brown Speckled Teal, Andean Lapwings, many Carunculated Caracaras, Black Wing Doves, and the rare Siskin. Lunch in a local hosteria. Overnight in Chugchilan. Included: Lunch, dinner, accommodation , private transportation, entrance fee, certified bilingual guide. Day 2.- Quilotoa Lagoon - Quito (Breakfast) (Lunch)After breakfast, head to explore the Quilotoa Lagoon. Stop to visit an indigenous local house from the 'Paramos' (Andes). Observe clothes and customs, see an indigenous house made of straw. Enjoy time with locals as you chat, watch and learn about their life and how they prepare the soil to sow. After this great experience, we will head to the town of Tigua, famous for its naive paintings. Have lunch, then continue up to the Quilotoa volcano, to descend into the lake located inside the crater or just walk around the crater. Admire this incredible place and get ready to enjoy an unforgettable experience by mule back riding. Enjoy the most beautiful landscape in the highlands and traditional indigenous villages on your drive back to Quito late in the afternoon. Included: breakfast, lunch, private transportation, entrance fee, certified bilingual guide, mules (riding back).  Note: On Thursdays, there is an optional visit to the Saquisilí Indigenous Market.

$548 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3-Day Quilotoa Lagoon and Baños Hot Springs

Day 1: Quilotoa Lagoon The tour starts with hotel pickup followed by a journey through the Avenue of the Volcanoes. We you'll stop to visit an indigenous local house from the Paramos. Observe the clothes and customs of the indigenous andean cultures, and observe indigenous houses made of straw on the way. Then, you'll visit the town of Tigua, famous for its naive paintings. Continue up to the Quilotoa volcano, where you will be able to descend to the lake located inside the crater or just walk around the crater. Return from the lagoon by mule (own expense) before drop-off at your accommodation.  Accommodation in Chugchilan. Day 2: Quilotoa Lagoon to Baños Departure in the morning from Chugchilan to Baños. Briefly stop in Salcedo to try the best Ecuadorian tropical ice creams. On the way to Baños, you'll visit Salasacas Indigenous Market. Lunch in Baños In the afternoon, After lunch, we’ll take a walk to Agoyan Pailón del Diablo and Manto de la Novia waterfalls where it is possible to take a cable car down near the waterfall and Casa del Árbol to have a spectacular view of Baños.  Accommodation in BañosOptional: Thursday, Saquisili Indigenous Market, Saturday, Zumbahua Market Day 3: Baños to Quito Your private guide is at your disposal for the whole day, letting you customize your itinerary. Choose to visit natural landmarks such as biking, horseback riding, rafting, canopy and bungee jumping. After lunch, at around 2pm, return to Quito. Tourist Class option includes Private transportationCertified bilingual guideDriver / guide from 1 - 3 passengers1 menu lunch, 2 breakfast, 1 dinnerEntrance fee in Quilotoa, Pailon del Diablo, Manto de la Novia waterfalls, Casa del ÁrbolAccommodation in Mama Hilda in Chugchilan; Hotel La Floresta in BañosExcursionsTourist Superior Class option includes Private transportationCertified bilingual guideDriver / guide from 1 - 3 passengers2 menu lunch, 2 breakfast, 1 dinnerEntrance fee in Quilotoa, Pailon del Diablo, Manto de la Novia waterfalls, Casa del ÁrbolAccommodation in Black Sheep in Chugchilan; Samari Spa & Resort  in BañosExcursions

$824 Outdoor Activities

4-Day Overnight Andes Trekking and Horseback Riding

Day 1: Cotopaxi National Park - Interpretation Center – Hike – Andes LandscapeLeave early in the morning and take “The volcanoes avenue” toward Latacunga. Cotopaxi is the highest active volcano in the world (5,897 msnm) located two hours from Quito.The Cotopaxi National Park allows us the opportunity to hike around the lake at foothills then we’ll visit the Interpretation´s Center where we’ll learn about the flora and the fauna of the park and the moors protected areas. After, we’ll climb the volcano by vehicle until 4,500 meters from the parking area we’ll walk up until 4,800 meters where is a refuge and from there continue up to the glaciers 200 meters more, of course all plans depend on weather and national park restrictions. Overnight in Isinlivi - Llullu Llama LodgeDay 2: Isinlivi / Chugchilan - Hike - Andes Landscape - Toachi CañonAfter breakfast you head to Chugchilan with our  guide, the next village on our trip. Descent 400m. Ascent 300m. Distance 12 km. 4 hours hike. We will go down into the warm canyon of Rio Toachi and have some nice hours hiking and relaxing at the riverbed before going the last meters up to Chugchilan. Magnificient view of the mountains!  Overnight in Chugchilan - Mama Hilda LodgeDay 3: Chugchilan  Village - Horseback Riding After breakfast you will head with our guides to Northwest of Chugchilan, along the way you can enjoy spectacular mountain Andes views. On the way you can take a horseback-riding trip or hike on hidden paths through pristine cloudforest which lead to ridges with spectacular Andes view, and visiting a local cheese store (if open) on route. You will enjoy on the route of the natural groundwater of thermal characteristics whose temperatures oscillate between 30 to 50 degrees. This natural resource and community settlement is located within the Ilinizas Ecological Reserve.Overnight in Chugchilan - Mama Hilda LodgeDay 4: Quilotoa Loop - Chugchilan - Hike - Return to QuitoToday we head to  Quilotoa Crater after breakfast to hike down and up to Chugchilan. It is about 4 to 5 hours hike, going up from 3900 m. / 12.796 ft. Up to 3200 m. / 10.499 ft. We will go through the Rio Toachi Canyon and then back up to get to the road that takes us to Chugchilan. During this 5-hour hike you will have excellent views on the Toachi Canyon, and you will get good impressions what’s life like on the countryside in the Andes. After lunch, return to Quito

$498 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Quilotoa Hiking Private 3-Day Tour with Local Communities

Day 1 (L)After hotel pickup early in the morning, you will board a vehicle at about 7:30am and head to Quilotoa. You will drive south of Quito through the Avenue of the Volcanoes and pass by the towns of Latacunga and Pujilí. On the way, you will stop to visit an indigenous local house from the “Paramos”. Here, you will observe their clothes and customs, but most importantly you will visit their typical indigenous house made of straw. Share some moments with them, talking, watching and learning about their life and how they prepare the soil to sow. Then, you will head to visit the town of Tigua, famous for its naive paintings. Continue the drive up to Quilotoa volcano, where you will be able to descend to the lake located inside the crater or just walk around the crater for 3 hours. Prepare yourself to enjoy an unforgettable experience by mule back riding! Enjoy of the most beautiful landscape in the highlands and traditional indigenous villages. Accommodation in Quilotoa at a local lodge.Day 2: (B) (L) You will leave the Quilotoa Crater after breakfast to hike down and up to Chugchilan. It is a 5 to 6 hours hike, going up to between 12,796 feet (3,900 meters) and 10,499 feet (3,200 meters). You will cross the Rio Toachi Canyon and then head back up to get to the road that takes you to Chugchilan. During this 5-hour hike, you will have excellent views on the Toachi Canyon, and you will get good impressions what life is like on the countryside in the Andes. Accommodation in Chugchilan at a local lodge.Day 3: (B) (L)After breakfast, you leave with your guide towards Isinlivi, the next village on your trip. Enjoy a 4-hour hike going down into the warm canyon of Rio Toachi and relaxing at the riverbed before going the last meters up to Isinlivi. During the hike, you will descend 400 meters with an ascent of 300 meters, covering a distance of 7 miles (12 kilometers). Enjoy lunch and then return to Quito.

$1399 Multi-day & Extended Tours

6-Day Hiking in the Ecuadorian Andes

Day 1: Trekking in Isinlivi (L,D) Today we'll have very nice car ride from Quito to the avenue of volcanoes; including the Pasochoa, Rumiñahui, Illinizas and others. After arriving in Isinlivi, we'll enjoy our lunch and go for our first trekking exploration. Trekking time: 3hour Accommodation: Hostal Llullu Llama Day 2: Trekking through the Toachi Canyon & Chugchilan (B,L,D) The magic Andean mountain landscapes inspire us today on a trek along the Toachi canyon. We'll hike down to the canyon of the Toachi River and then back up to the main road that will take us to Chugchilan, a small town located on the middle of the Quiltoa loop. In the afternoon we can explore the village. Trekking time: 4hour Accommodation: Hostal Mama Hilda Day 3: Chugchilan to Quilotoa (B,L,D) After breakfast, we'll begin our hiking adventure for 11km (6,9 miles) on small trails blazed by the mountain people and still used by locals to transport products and to travel across canyons to reach neighboring communities. We'll hike down across impressive canyons to later climb back up to the top of the crater rim, where you will be rewarded with beautiful views of the Quilotoa Lake. Trekking time: 4.5-hours Accommodation: Hosteria Shalala Day 4: Trekking to the Quilotoa Crater Lake (B) After breakfast, we'll take a hike down to the base of the Quilotoa crater. Following this path, you will have an awesome view of the lake and many chances to take pictures of the turquoise water-filled caldera. In the afternoon we get a transfer to the area of Riobamba, located in the central part of the Ecuadorian highlands. Trekking time: 2.5-hours Accommodation: Chimborazo lodge Day 5: Chimborazo Highest Volcano and Ba ños Hot Springs (B,L) Early in the morning, we'll drive through valleys and farming villages towards the Chimborazo Volcano, the highest mountain in Ecuador with an elevation of 6310 meters above sea level, whose summit is the world farthest point from the center of the earth. On the hike to the glacier, we can spot animals such as the Andean condor, cara-cara, hummingbirds, and the timid wild Vicuñas. In the evening we will soak in the famous hot springs of Baños and experience the thriving night life of this town. Trekking time: 2.5-hour Accommodation: La Floresta Hotel Day 6: Hike to the Road of Waterfalls (B) Baños is very well known for its spectacular location right on the foothills of the Tungurahua active volcano. This morning we'll hit the road of the waterfalls. The first stop will be at the Bride's Veil waterfall where we'll take the Tarabita (cable car) to get across the Pastaza River. Then we'll hike down for 1-hour to the Pailon del Diablo waterfall, the second highest in Ecuador. In the afternoon drive back to Quito.

$1474.72 Multi-day & Extended Tours

6-Day Ecuador Andes Hiking Tour from Quito

Day 1 (L, D): TREKKING IN INSILIVIYou start your tour with a very nice car ride from Quito through the "Volcano Avenue"; including the Pasochoa, Rumiñahui, Illinizas and others of about 3 hours. After arriving in Isinlivi, you can enjoy a lunch and go for your first trekking exploration. Trekking time: 3 hours. Accommodation: Hostal Llullu LlamaDay 2 (B, L, D): TREKKING THROUGH THE TOACHI CANYON & CHUGCHILANThe magic Andean mountain landscapes inspires you today on a trek along the Toachi canyon. You will hike down to the canyon of the Toachi River and then back up to the main road that will take you to Chugchilan, a small town located on the middle of the Quilotoa loop. In the afternoon you can explore the village. Trekking time: 4 hours. Accommodation: Hostal Mama HildaDay 3 (B, L, D): CHUGCHILAN TO QUILOTOAAfter breakfast, you will begin your hiking adventure of 11 km on small trails blazed by the mountain people and still used by locals to transport products and to travel across canyons to reach neighboring communities. You will hike down across impressive canyons to later climb back up to the top of the crater rim, where you will be rewarded with beautiful views of the Quilotoa Lake. Trekking time: 4,5 hours. Accommodation: Hosteria ShalalaDay 4 (B): TREKKING TO THE QUILOTOA'S LAGOONAfter breakfast, you will take a hike down to the base of the Quilotoa crater. Following this path, you will have an awesome view of the lake and many chances to take pictures of the turquoise water-filled caldera. In the afternoon you have a transfer to the area of Riobamba city, located in the central part of the Ecuadorian highlands. Trekking time: 2,5 hours. Accommodation: Chimborazo lodge.Day 5 (B, L): CHIMBORAZO VOLCANO & BAÑOS HOT SPRINGSEarly in the morning, you will drive through valleys and farming villages towards the Chimborazo Volcano, the highest in Ecuador with an elevation of 6310m above sea level, it's the world's farthest point from the center of the earth. On the hike to the glacier, you can spot animals such as the Andean condor, hummingbirds and timid wild Vicuñas. In the evening you will soak in the famous hot springs of Baños and experience the thriving night life of this town. Trekking time: 2,5 hours. Accommodation: La Floresta HotelDay 6 (B): HIKE TO THROUGH THE "WATERFALLS ROAD"Baños is very well known for its spectacular location right on the foothills of the Tungurahua active volcano. This morning you will hit the road of the waterfalls. The first stop will be at the Bride's Veil waterfall, where you will take the "Tarabita" (cable car) to get across the Pastaza River. Then you will hike down for one hour to the Pailon del Diablo waterfall, the second highest in Ecuador. In the afternoon drive back to Quito. Trekking time: 2 hours

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